Sunday, January 27, 2008
1. Make your Hotel Reservations - Now!!!!!
2. Register for the Conference – Now!!! Early bird discount ends 31 March 2008.
3. Plan your travel – will you fly, drive, take the train -- yes AMTRAK goes to Kansas City! You may be able to find bargains on airfare with early planning.
4. Plan a few extra days for researching in nearby State repositories ---Just to start your planning, the mileage to 10 great repositories is listed below :
- Missouri State Archives – Jefferson City, MO <>
- Missouri State Historical Society – Columbia, MO <>
- Kansas State Historical Society and Archives – Topeka, KS <>
- Nebraska State Historical Society – Lincoln, NE <>
- Iowa - State Historical Society of Iowa – Des Moines, IA <>
- The National Genealogical Society collection is housed in St. Louis at the St. Louis County, Library <>
- Illinois State Archives – Springfield, IL <>
- Oklahoma State Archives - Oklahoma City, OK <>
- Arkansas History Commission – Little Rock, AR <325>
- Minnesota Historical Society – St. Paul, MN <>
- Colorado State Archives – Denver, CO <>
5. Check out tour guides for other things to do – shopping, jazz, great restaurants, history, art, other conventions, visit friends / relatives, resorts, visit Branson and so much more.
6. If you plan to do some research – organize your work and make a list of documents you want to find. Find out when various libraries, courthouses and other repositories are open.
7. Study maps of the area to plan your side trips.
8. Plan your conference wardrobe – be sure to dress comfortably and in layers. The weather can be variable in May so you will want to bring some clothes for both warm and cool days. Bring comfortable shoes.
9. Some other things you might want to bring with you if you are going to be doing any research --- research checklist, magnifying glass, laptop or genealogy forms / charts to record information, maps
10. Bring your camera, batteries, charger, film, etc.
Most important -- Rest before you leave so you are in top shape for four great days at NGS 2008!!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Mr. Humphrey's research specialties include eighteenth-century Palatines and Pennsylvania as well as nineteenth-century Germans. He has authored numerous books and articles. Humphrey specializes in German research at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and record repositories in eastern Pennsylvania and southwestern Germany. He is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. In 2001 he lead an NGS research trip to Northern Germany. Currently he is working on records created prior to the Second World War of interest to genealogists in the United States and Germany.
This award winning author has managed several, local and regional conferences. He is president of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society and a past vice president of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He was manager of the National Genealogical Society Learning Center in Arlington, Virginia and he has appeared on national television and public radio where he discussed various aspects of genealogy.
Monday, January 21, 2008
· Option 1: See some local historical sites in the Kansas City area. This tour is on Tuesday, 13 May 2008. You will visit the Truman Presidential Museum and see his nearby home. From there you will visit the National Frontier Trails Museum. Then after lunch (on your own) you will tour the Arabia Steamboat Museum.
· Option 2: Librarian Day will also take place on Tuesday, 13 May 2008. Open to all librarians and library volunteers. The program will offer ideas for librarians working with limited resources; ideas for providing information for genealogists and online resources available to libraries for genealogy. Lunch will be provided.
· Option 3: If you would like to make use of your time to improve your skills, why not sign up for a day long workshop hosted by the Board of Certification of Genealogists (BCG). Dr. Thomas Jones, CG, CGL, FASG and Barbara Mathews, CG have a great session planned for you. You will work through hands on exercises to practice evaluating evidence and learn proper documentation of genealogical research. Lunch will be provided. For more information check the website at: www.bcgcertification.org/educationfund/index/htm
For your convenience you may register for these events by checking the official NGS 2008 conference website at:
Sunday, January 13, 2008
· Schedule: http://www.eshow2000.com/ngs/exhibits.cfm
· List of Exhibitors: http://www.eshow2000.com/ngs/exhibitor_list.cfm
· Map of Exhibits: http://www.eshow2000.com/ngs/booth_locator.cfm
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
If you have German ancestry you won’t want to miss at least one of Dr. Roger P. Minert’s presentations. Improve your skills by attending sessions presented by Dr. Thomas Jones, CG, CGL, FASG; Connie Lenzen, CG; Barbara Vines Little, CG; Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG,CGL, FNGS, FAS; Paula Stewart-Warren, CG; and others. For more about Midwest research you will want to hear Robert de Beradinis; Evie Bresette, CG; Mary Clement Douglass, CG; Ann Fleming, CG; Kathy Hinckley, CG; and others.
Increase your computer / software skills by attending sessions by these experts –
· Suzanne Russo Adams, AG, (Ancestry.com)
· Pamela Boyer, CG, CGL and Robert Sayre, CG (Google Earth)
· Bruce Buzbee (RootsMagic)
· Geoff Rasmussen (Legacy)
· Barbara Renick – learn about scanning, downloading, using PowerPoint,
· Jeanne Bloom, CG – learn to put MS Excel to work for your genealogical studies
· David Humphreys (Family Tree Maker)
· Thomas Jay Kemp (GenealogyBank)
· Elizabeth Kelly Kerstens, CG – using effective internet searches in your genealogy
· Debra Mieszala, CG – using MS WORD to present your genealogical research
· Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL – presentation about more computer tips for working smart
· Aaron Underwood (GenSmarts)
· Bob Velke (The Master Genealogist)
Saturday, January 5, 2008
- Many great speakers covering a wide variety of topics
- Finding your relatives in the records at the National Archive records
- Learn more about the Homestead Records Project
- How to find records for ancestors who lived or migrated through Midwestern states
- Using various record types to research your Native American ancestors
- If you have German ancestors there are several excellent speakers who will expand your knowledge about researching your German ancestors
- Do you want to find out how DNA studies can help with your genealogical research
- Increase your efficiency by learning how to use the latest software and other tools
- Learn ways to improve your skills as a genealogical researcher
- The new Midwest Genealogy Center opens in May 2008. Be one of the earliest visitors to tour this state of the art genealogical research facility. It is located at Lee's Summit and Kiger Roads in Independence, Missouri.
- Visit the National Archives – Central Plains Region in Kansas City, Missouri
- Great central location with easy travel to Kansas City, Missouri.
- Lots of non-genealogical sites for your traveling companions – National Frontier Trails Center, World War I and Liberty Monuments, Truman Library, Worlds of Fun, blues and jazz, lots of antique shops, Union Station, Science City and IMAX theater.
- Close proximity to Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri State Archives.
Don’t miss out on all of the fun and a great genealogy program --- make your plans now for a trip to “Show me the Nation’s Records” 14-17 May 2008.